Dungog Tea Party 2019 a success

The inaugural Dungog Tea Party has been hailed a wonderful success.

Hundreds of people flocked to the James Theatre for the event, held from August 20-25.

There was plenty to see with hand crafted tea cosies on display along with woodwork from the men's shed and other tea related items for viewing and sale.

The opening day saw students from Dungog High School help prepare and serve a delicious morning tea with Dungog Mayor Tracy Norman and Federal Member for Lyne David Gillespie on hand to congratulate the winners.

The Tea Cosy of the Year accolade went to Gabrielle Smith from the Central Coast with her Spring Into Spring creation. The Central Coast artist also took home prizes in a number of other categories for her intricate and often multi levelled creations.

Trivet of the Year went to Wal Keppie from the Dungog Mens Shed.

Best window displays in the business competition went to Hidden Valley, Davey and Olsen and the Festival Lounge.

The event, which has been 18 months in the planning, came to Dungog as a result of the popular Morpeth tea pot and tea cosy festival winding up in 2017. Campbell's Store owner Trevor Richards and his wife Shirley had run the Morpeth event since 1987 and advised organisers plan a slightly different version for this area.